Which one will I see a greater variety of patients without being overwhelmed?
I already worked with vents,trachs,feeding tubes, and the occasional IV,all in home care for 15 plus years. I’m trying to expand my skill set. I was offered a NOC med surg position in a hospital down the street from me. I was also offered a NOC position in a LTAC unit located in a different hospital about 30 minutes from my house. The LTAC facility has vents,CVC, and telemetry. The med surg position is just regular med surg floor,no telemetry.
I am worried because I am used to one on one nursing. I am worried I won’t know which IV meds can be given at the same time or piggyback. I am also worried about reading telemetry monitors and figuring out when the patient is having an arrhythmia. I am fine with vents and trachs,and I don’t want to lose those skills. I don’t know how I will function under pressure in new environments, because besides a 4 yr stint in LTC in the early 2000s,we did not have IVs or electronic charting.